Friday, January 27, 2017

Week In Review

Week In Review:


News & Notes:

  • Be sure to check the calendar on the blog for important dates.
  • We will have a Late Start day on February 1st.
    • Love Law? Interested in an essay writing contest with a cash prize? For more information, contact Mrs. Wood.


    • February 7th - PTO General Meeting & Barretts STEM Night
    • February 10th - Mrs. Wood Out for Personal Day
    • February 14th - Valentine's Day Parties
    • February 17th - Records Day, NO SCHOOL
    • Six Flags Reading Logs are due on February 24th. 
      • Need a reading log? Just let me know!

    I hope that everyone has a wonderful weekend. 

    -Mrs. Wood

    Friday, January 20, 2017

    Week In Review

    Week In Review: 

    We had a busy week in 4th grade! Our student teacher, Miss Cavaness started this week. We have loved welcoming her and showing her the ropes in 4th grade. This week we also got to attend a question and answer session with Author James Riley.



    We also got to attend the 1st & 2nd grade performance featuring the Girls' Honor Choir called "I Wish I Were A Butterfly". Great job girls! We had a great time listening to you sing. 



    Finally, we had a special visitor from Arts' Partners on Friday. We had a Sacagawea story teller spend some time with us in the afternoon. We enjoyed listening to her stories of what life was like on the expedition with Lewis & Clark. We especially loved the pet snake! 




    Writing Workshop - "Information Article"

    • Writers added revised their information articles by adding transitions to their piece.
    • Writers learned the importance of paraphrasing.
      • Writers practice paraphrasing with a 5 step procedure. Then students applied this practice to their information articles.
    • Writers used the information article Learning Progressions to revise and edit their piece. Writers scored themselves with this tool and then used the next level's expectations to improve their article. 

    Social Studies - "Missouri Statehood and Westward Expansion"

    • Students discussed the importance of the Missouri Compromise.
    • Read Minnow & Rose

    Reading - "Historical Fiction"

    • Students continued working on IRAs during independent reading time. These assessments will provide data that will help when creating Historical Fiction book clubs. 
    • Read Pink & Say and took notes of what we noticed in Historical Fiction texts.

    Remember to read 30 minutes nightly! 

    Math - "Multiplication & Division"

    • Math Benchmark 2
    • Amusement Park Division
      • Students investigated the question "What Do You Do With Remainders?"
    • Mathematicians learned how to use mental math to find quotients.
    • Mathematicians learned how to use compatible numbers to estimate quotients.

    Remember to practice math facts nightly! Students can log into XtraMath and practice at home.


    News & Notes:

    • Be sure to check the calendar on the blog for important dates.
    • We will have a Late Start day on February 1st.
      • Love Law? Interested in an essay writing contest with a cash prize? For more information, contact Mrs. Wood.


      • February 7th - PTO General Meeting & Barretts STEM Night
      • February 10th - Mrs. Wood Out for Personal Day
      • February 17th - Records Day, NO SCHOOL
      • Six Flags Reading Logs are due on February 24th. 
        • Need a reading log? Just let me know!

      I hope that everyone has a wonderful weekend. 

      -Mrs. Wood

      Monday, January 16, 2017

      Week In Review

      Week In Review:

      With the Snow Day (or should I say Ice Day), Late Start and Welcome Back activities we got to just a little bit of our normal learning this week. Below you'll find an overview of what we accomplished. 

      Writing Workshop

      "Information Article"

      • Writing Introductions that Hook Your Reader
      • Writing Conclusions

      Social Studies

      "Missouri Statehood and Westward Expansion"

      • Read Dandelions
      • Textbook Reading & Notetaking: Missouri Becoming a State
      • Introduction to the Missouri Compromise

      Reading

      • New Reading Spots
      • Engagement Strategies
      • Independent Reading Assessments

      Remember to read 30 minutes nightly! 

      Math

      "Multiplication & Division"

      • Amusement Park Division
        • Students tackled a messy division problem that invites them to consider what to do with "leftovers".
        • Students explored another division problem where the relationship between multiplication & division was highlighted.
        • Students worked with math partners to investigate place value patterns in division.

      Remember to practice math facts nightly! Students can log into XtraMath and practice at home.


      Please Welcome Mrs. Cavaness!

      I am excited to announce that we will be welcoming a student teaching on Wednesday, January 18th. Miss Cavaness will be with our class until the end of the school year. Please take some time to read her introduction letter.


      News & Notes:

      • Be sure to check the calendar on the blog for important dates.
      • Love Law? Interested in an essay writing contest with a cash prize? For more information, contact Mrs. Wood.



      I hope that everyone has a wonderful week. 

      -Mrs. Wood

      Wednesday, January 11, 2017

      January Kindness Survey

      Gumballs,


      Think about all of the acts of kindness you completed in December. Click the link below and complete the Barretts Kindness Survey. Remember, you are reflecting on your actions from the month of December.


      Click here to begin.


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      Thursday, January 5, 2017

      Welcome Back!

      I hope that everyone has enjoyed their Winter Break. It seems like we've been away for so long! I am super excited to get back to school on Monday and get back into the swing of things. While putting the finishing touches on our plans for next week I thought I'd take the time to give you a sneak peek at what we've got going on when we return.

      Most importantly we will ease back into the routine of 4th grade, I'm anticipating some sleepy kiddos :) We will spend time catching up with one another and reviewing classroom procedures and routines.

      Writing

      Students will spend time on Monday revisiting the work they've done on their nonfiction article. Later in the week we will move forward with writing introductions, conclusions and another lesson on elaborating. 

      Social Studies

      We will be diving into a new social studies until when we return. We will begin with a review of the Louisiana Purchase as we set the stage for our Westward Expansion study. We will learn more about Missouri becoming a state and the Missouri Compromise.

      Reading

      Next week we will spend our reading block building our stamina. We will review engagement strategies and practice those independently. Students will also complete fiction IRAs (Independent Reading Assessments). The results from these reading assessments will help me develop book clubs and strategy groups to meet everyones needs.

      The following week we will begin our Historical Fiction unit (one of my favorites!!). After careful thought and planning, we are going to try historical fiction book clubs. Resources are limited, so I have been working with the other 4th grade teachers to research and compile a list of 4th grade appropriate historical fiction books. This is a work in progress, of course. If you would like to help our historical fiction book clubs, please consider donation a book club book or a set to our classroom library. 

      Historical fiction books can be found on our Amazon Classroom Wishlist: https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/2VS9M8T3Y1D3U/ref=nav_wishlist_lists_1 
      Thank you so much for considering! 

      Math

      We will continue our work in our Teacher's Lounge project where students are working with early concepts of division in real world contexts. On Friday students will complete the 2nd math benchmark assessment of the year. The 3rd and final benchmark in math will come in May.

      Important Upcoming Dates:

      • January 9th - Students Return To Barretts!
      • January 11th - Late Start
      • January 16th - No School
      • January 18th - Ms. Cavaness, Our Student Teacher, Joins Us!

      Winter Party Fun!

      Thank you so much to our wonderful room moms and all of the volunteers for making our Winter Party a success! The scavenger hunt was so much fun. Also, thank you so much for the Target Gift card. Surprisingly, I haven't spend it yet! But don't worry I have my eye on a few things :)

      Below you'll find some pictures from our last day of school in 2016!